Book Details + Condition: William Rider & Son (London). Volume 13, 1911. First UK Editions of the highly influential and pre-eminent journal of the 20th century, THE OCCULT REVIEW. (The US editions were issued one month after the British.) This compilation spans January - June, 1911. Privately bound with marbled hardcover boards and three-quarters leather binding. Raised bands and gilt to spine; floral endpapers. Includes the bookplate of famous suffragist Alice Eugenie (du Pont) Ortiz. 366 pages, followed by reviews and timely occult advertisements. Front board is cracked at hinges, but binding remains firm; rubbed corners and edges; fading to part of marbled front board; small old water stain to corner of front & rear endpapers; interior has 15-20 pages of pencilled notations in margins, which we kept due to the book's provenance. Ortiz wrote in the article "Psychic Phenomena": "A manifestation like this occurred at the death of the father of Mr. Bjergegaard. He told us about it."
Edited by Ralph Shirley, THE OCCULT REVIEW contained essays on all aspects of occultism, from alchemy to witchcraft; there was emphasis on magic, as many of its authors had been members of the Golden Dawn or its offshoots. Most of the eminent occultists of the period contributed to the journal, such as Frater Achad, Arthur Avalon, Annie Besant, Theodore Besterman, J.W. Brodie-Innes; Hereward Carrington, Mabel Collins, Aleister Crowley, Dion Fortune, Ada Goodrich-Freer; Franz Hartmann, D. D. Home, E.J. Langford Garstin; Michael Juste; William Kingsland, G.R.S. Mead; Sylvan J. Muldoon, Elliot O'Donnell, H. Stanley Redgrove, Sax Rohmer; Eduoard Schure, Lewis Spence, Meredith Starr, Montague Summers, and A.E. Waite. In addition to essays, poems, artwork, and illustrations, each issue typically contained the editor's 'Notes of the Month,' letters from the public, book reviews, and advertisements. This compiled volume contains such articles as: Count Cagliostro and Freemasonry (A.E. Waite); The Sphinx (Ethel Archer); Fire Worshippers; The Veil of Alchemy (A.E. Waite); Superstition (J. Arthur Hill); The Theory and Practice of Magic (H. Stanley Redgrove); The Camel: A Discussion of the Value of Interior Certainty (Aleister Crowley); Medicine and Magic; The Coming of Horus; and so much more. A true gem of first edition occult literature, and a fascinating treasure-trove of knowledge, for occult and spiritualist collectors. Please see our other listings for more OCCULT REVIEW first edition volumes.